Cornwall Visit, Family Time


Crackington Haven & Bude, Cornwall

Some Extra Information

Camera: Sony A7II
Software: Lightroom & Photoshop
Lens Used: Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Other: Lee Big Stopper

The Story

So where have I been? I know it’s been a while since my last blog but what can I say life happens.
I did however manager to get away for a few days on a family visit to Bude, so for this I HAD to take my camera with me and take in some of the breath-taking scenery.

For the best part of the time that I was there I spent the time visiting and looking after my son but towards the end of the trip the weather cleared, and the boots come out and I hit the beach.
However, before this I did stop at a beautiful cove called Crakington Haven, it had a small pebble beach with a small river running to it. Weather was a bit cloudy and there wasn’t much going on, but I saw a composition that I liked and went for it, as you can see below.

Crackington Haven stream heading to the sea

So, I have mentioned that towards the end of the trip I managed to get out and head down to the cliffs at Bude, if you have never been there before then I highly recommend that you try and this place is amazing and brilliant for family.
The first of the images was taken from the walk up by what they call ‘The Pepper Pot’ which is a lookout tower on top of the hills overlooking Bude Beach.

Bude Breaker from the ‘Pepper Pot’

Next, I headed down the hill next to some rocks beside the breaker, the sun was starting to set although I could see that there wasn’t going to be the full sunset that I really wanted. Although with rocks and waves like it was I wasn’t worried and stood there watching and listening for some time and as the sun hit side of the rocks it lit them up beautifully.

Bude Rocks, Light’em Up

Finally, with the sun setting quickly I spotted another composition using the rocks right next to where I was standing. I was so pleased with this composition and I would say that the image that I managed to get is currently my favorite image yet for many reasons. Let me know what you think in the comments?

Sunset over Bude Rocks

Portsmouth’s Shipwreck


Tipner, Portsmouth

Some Extra Information

Camera: Sony A7 II
Software: Lightroom 
Lens Used: Sony Zeiss 16-35 mm F4
Settings: ISO 50 / 20mm / F22 / 6.0 Secs

The Story

Ok, this shipwreck can be found as you are leaving Portsmouth on the main road out on the left-hand side within Tipner Lake. It has been there for many years now and if you ever visit Portsmouth you have probably passed it without even noticing it.
However, to walk to the Shipwreck is a little harder as there is no safe and legal place to park that is close by so you must have a little bit of a walk to get there, but it is very much worth it.

The closest place to park would be Port Solent, if you’re not sure where that is then you might need to google that one.
The you need to follow the path around the big mound that is behind the Paulsgrove Recycling center and then follow that until you are almost coming up under the motorway. Although I would highly recommend that if you are unsure as to how to get there safely then you sign up to one of the many photo walks (That are free) which will guide you there, or you just drop me a message and I can either arrange to guide you or give you instructions on how to get there.

However, once you have walked through all the overgrown mess and walked around the crash barriers, climb rocks and get yourself into a good position you are then greeted with great sense of calmness and tranquility. Even though you are a stone throw from the M275 leaving Portsmouth it is strangely very quiet.
Then when you are all set just sit and take in the view and enjoy your time there, for a great picture the best times would be sunset, so you will have to be patient and make sure that you get to the location with plenty of time.

The photo that I took was done with a Grad Filter and an ND filter then it was taken as a long exposure giving the sea that smooth look. Over all I was very pleased with the composition of this image and the colors that come from the sunset.

Portsmouth Tipner Shipwreck

Let me know what you think of the photo and if you have ever been to this location before.

Again, Thank you!